The dust has finally settled at JJ Holland Park after a brilliant Kensington CommUNITY Festival.
Urban Communities festival organiser Deb Wilson said the festival was a huge success, and the biggest event they have put on since its inception eight years ago.
“What a brilliant day it was, with more than 4000 people turning out to celebrate – even Melbourne turned on the weather for us. The animal farm, roving performers, salsa dancers and live music were some of the main attractions,” Ms Wilson said.
“Every year the Kensington CommUNITY Festival just gets bigger and the reason is simple – it’s because the community keep supporting us by coming out in droves.”
Ms Wison said the day wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for their sponsors, whose support ensured activities like the animal farm and workshops were free for all families to enjoy.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to our major sponsors the City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission, AusNet, Tormax, Spectrum Fire and Security and React Property Maintenance,” she said.
“We’d also like to thank our event partners the Unity Cup, Australian Federal Police, AFL and local Victorian clubs, Essendon Football Club, Western Bulldogs Football Club and North Melbourne Football Club.”
The Kensington CommUNITY Festival also had a record number of community stalls at this year’s festival.
“Our stallholders were a huge part of the day and attracted much interest. This year we featured the Children’s Activity Passport, an interactive scavenger type hunt for children to engage our stallholders with their completed entries going into a door prize drawn at the end of the event. A range of donated items formed a big basket of goodies that one very lucky child went home with after the festival,” Ms Wilson said.
“We’d like to thank them all for taking part. Our stallholders included the Australian Federal Police with the AFL, City West Water, CoHealth, Member for Melbourne Ellen Sandell, Hands on Approach to Environmental Sustainability, Kensington Association, Kensington Community Children’s Cooperative, Kensington Community Recreation Centre, Kensington Neighbourhood House, City of Melbourne’s – Animal Services, Library Services and Maternal Child Health Services, City of Melbourne funded community consultation via Policy Booth, Melbourne Community Toy Library, Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade, MSS Security, Somali Women’s Development Association, Urban Communities, Victoria Police and Wheel Women.”
The Kensington CommUNITY Festival was held on 29 March and ran alongside the Unity Cup. The day included activities for the whole family including a jumping castle, roving performers, workshops, face-painting, food, an animal farm, skate clinics, henna, live music, bush tucker, the inaugural Kensington Tour De Roubaix and much, much more.